As things progressed from the start, we'd identify new bands and then work out who their influences were meaning that we'd start listening to (and buying) music from the 70's like Led Zepplin, The Doors (which was another massively popular music movie), Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix et al. Some, like Aerosmith, released their best work (Pump) at that time. As we took up instruments we'd start investigating all the great musicians, especially those featuring guitarists like B.B.King, Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul.
Quite simply, everyone I knew got into music. People were discovering new bands left right and center and we were swapping albums at school. It's hard to believe now but MTV was awesome back then. Its rock shows and "alternative" shows were breaking bands left right and centre. Several bands formed at school. We played gigs. We met other bands from other schools at the gigs and found that pretty much the whole country was into music and going to concerts - especially small local ones. (Here's my old band, if anyone's interested. I'm still adamant that Thermal Heaven (demo) would work well at Wembley.)
Remember when millions of Americans were in thrall to the ways of the wasp elite? For 37 weeks in 1981, The Official Preppy Handbook topped the New York Times best-seller list, plying semi-satirical advice to readers eager to crack (or mock) the code of the madras-and-penny-loafer-clad Establishment. I was a malcontent in one of Louisville’s stodgiest private schools for girls. Within a matter of months in 1982, I discarded my add-a-bead necklace and Bermuda bag (kelly green, embroidered with butter-yellow whales) and adopted sterner stuff: lace-up black combat boots; short, dyed black (or blue) hair; one of those black-leather-and-metal-spike bracelets; and band T‑shirts atop black jeans. “A sheep in wolf’s clothing,” a friend at the time correctly observed. I can guarantee you that I knew every other Louisville female under the age of 70 who dressed all in black, so instantly did such clothing mark you out in my city in the early ’80s.
This article totally misses the central issue: indie bands are mostly white because indie is white music.
I remember years ago finding myself in a goth club in Birmingham (most ethnically diverse city in Britain? Aside from London anyway, which is its own country) and being struck by the fact that, bar staff aside, there was but one non-white person in the whole club
Originating in the early 2000’s with bands like Passion Pit and CVRCHES, Indietronica is a mixture of pop and electronic music that brings an amped beat to any party. These songs are perfect singing-in-the-shower tunes and getting together with friends to have a gooooooood time.
Seperated from mainstream Hip-Hop, this type of Indie music is made up of independent artists in Hip-Hop. Artists in the genre include Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Kid Cudi. This music is great for parties and trying to get into the mood to have a great time.
Everywhere, the line between fan and performer was paper-thin. The approach was anarchic and participatory: the idea (at least theoretically) was that anyone could get a band together, learn to play, and maybe even press a record and take the show on the road. At the same time, indie music was a judgmental world of cognoscenti, of teenage boys disputing Talmudically about guitar tunings and feedback. Hole-in-the-wall venues, alternative record stores, ragtag independent record labels, and copy shops incubated a subculture where outsiders became insiders and found one another. Flyers on telephone poles were its smoke signals, xeroxed fanzines were its telegraph wires, bringing news from far-flung scenes. Before the breakthrough success in 1991 of Nirvana—whose album Nevermind topped the Billboard charts and eventually sold more than 30 million copies worldwide—raw and abrasive rock, by definition, meant tastes and sounds that could never become popular.
I know it's late, but did someone suggest that a black drummer in an indie band would be better because they are black? Is that not like saying white people should rule a country because black people are unfit to?
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Innovative services, like Pandora, which are credited for introducing people to new music (and then buying it) got banned outside America.
How indie culture was built in the 1980s, sustained and transformed through the 1990s, and revived in the past decade is the subject of two new memoirs, Jon Fine’s Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) and Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band. The guitarist in a succession of bands—none of which was “threatened, even distantly, by actual fame”—Fine was one of indie’s middle-class worker bees, many of whom went on to adult jobs in media and academia. (He’s now the executive editor of Inc.)
Indie music reached a commercial peak in the mid-1990s, culminating in Britpop, a form of guitar-led indie-pop/rock songwriting referencing class politics and culture, delivered in strong, regional British accents.
The people who are switched on to music from other cultures found a natural home in the dance music scene decades ago. Nobody blinks an eyelid at mixed acts or crowds on that side of the yard.
There is continuing interest in the ethnic make-up of indie. Like other music genres, indie mirrors the ethnic make-up of its audience. The number of non-white artists is relatively the same proportion as the audience, which is 1–2% in the UK. People often do not count ethnically diverse indie bands, unless the singer is non-white. I'm not going to list them because it forces you to think of artists according to their ethnic backgrounds, which is not how they choose to define themselves. It's interesting that there isn't a similar ethnic scrutiny of hip-hop or country. Or for that matter, why Balinese gamelan music is disproportionately popular with Balinese people? In some ways, this question is similar to asking why are there different cultures? Why do you like the music of your culture or a different culture best? Eventually, you are brought to the question of why does anyone like any particular form of music. Music expresses cultural values through conventional sounds. For example, in the west, minor chords are often thought of as sad – yet even our notion of a chord is formed by western ideas of tonality. If being part of a music community is sharing similar sentiments, it should be no surprise that people raised in the same culture would have a similar ethos and conceive of the aesthetically pleasing in a similar fashion.
So ethnic minorities avoid indie gigs because they don't like songs about poverty, (even though Jarvis Cocker has eloquently expressed their plight ), and mention of the past brings up unwelcome images of slavery, eh? Well I'm glad that's sorted out.
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Beginning in the 1970’s in the United Kingdom, Indie Pop combines mainstream pop with a more DIY approach of guitar ethics and originality. Some modern Indie Pop bands include the xx, MGMT, alt-J, Lorde and Florence + the Machine. These bands can be crazy and fun, but also bring a vibe for you to sit and relax with some friends and do some homework.